Persian Voices: End of The Game

The soldiers

Passed by, shattered,


On scrawny horses,

Faded rags of ousted pride

Upon their spears.


What do you gain


To the world


Every particle of dust on your cursed path damns you?

—Shamloo, End of The Game


Shāmlū, Ahmad., Papan-Matin, Firoozeh. translated by, Land, Arthur. (2005). The love poems of Ahmad Shamlu. Bethesda, Mar.: IBEX Publishers, p.183.